Weekend Highlights: Your Guide To Family Fun

BY  |  Friday, Feb 27, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Happy weekend! Looking for some fun and exciting things to do with the family? You’re in the right place!

redknitgirlandthereadingtreeWatchung Booksellers (54 Fairfield Street, Montclair) will host an Author Storytime with Naoko Stoop who will be reading her third book, The Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree, on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM. In this adventure, the Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends discover a hollow tree and turn it into a magical place they all can enjoy. The story emphasizes the joy of reading and the importance of working together.



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Come Build Montclair in Legos!

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (2)

Come Build Montclair in LegosThere’s still time to register for this annual amazing, fun family event:

Work with architect Stephen W. Schwartz of Building Blocks Workshops to visualize Montclair as you’ve never seen it before. With over 60,000 LEGO™ building blocks at their disposal, families are given a photograph of a Montclair building to turn into a LEGO™ model. These models are then placed on a 30 x 20 foot map of downtown Montclair. Suitable for families with children ages 5 – 14. Maximum four persons per group, with at least one adult per group. Space is limited to 50 families for the two-hour event, and a parent or adult must accompany children. This event takes place at the Montclair Art Museum on South Mountain Avenue. Tickets go on sale (and sell out quickly!) ONLINE ONLY at www.montclairartmuseum.org. Continue Reading

Sponsored: Fun For Kids of All Ages at Temple Sholom of West Essex

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 12:00pm

Temple Sholom of West Essex


Tot Traditions


Take time once a month to explore Jewish culture through song, dance, crafts and stories! You and your child will laugh, learn and love your time together. Each session will focus on a different Jewish holiday and is led by teacher Emily Walsh, an educator in Pre-K, theater and storytelling!

  • Sunday, March 8 at 10 am
  • Sunday, April 12 at 10 am
  • Sunday, May 3 at 10 am

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See “Seussical” This Weekend at Bloomfield High School

BY  |  Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Seussical.Bloomfield HighThe Bloomfield High School Winter Musical production of SEUSSICAL will warm hearts and elicit smiles in the midst of this cold winter.

SEUSSICAL is produced and directed by Brandon E. Doemling, with musical direction by Jack Bender, choreography by Tracey Turner Turano, and orchestral direction by Claire Schlegel. The set designer is Ralph Turano; the costume design is by Mike Patierno, with lighting design by Mike Omelio. Some of the musicians providing live musical accompaniment for a cast of 36 will be Bloomfield High School student musicians. Continue Reading

Fairy Tales Pajama Storytime This Thursday at Montclair Library

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

TAB PJ Storytime FEB15The Teen Advisory Board of the Montclair Public Library invites children and their favorite adult to their second Fairy Tales Pajama Story time. Continue Reading

Huge Crowd at Montclair BOE Meeting Learns of Budget Crisis

BY  |  Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015 7:39am  |  COMMENTS (53)

The large audience at the Montclair Board of Education's February 23 meeting, as seen from the Montclair High School Auditorium's balcony.

The large audience at the Montclair Board of Education’s February 23 meeting, as seen from the Montclair High School Auditorium’s balcony.

The huge audience at the Montclair High School auditorium for the Montclair Board of Education’s February 23 meeting – and the presence of Mayor Robert Jackson and Second Ward Councilor Robin Schlager among the audience members – constituted prima facie evidence that the attempts to finalize the master plan, which began at the Montclair Planning Board meeting over at the municipal building at the same time, had been virtually forgotten in light of the school district’s new troubles.  In addition to the sudden resignation of School Superintendent Penny MacCormack (who was not present at the meeting), the board had to deal with a possible budget crisis for the 2015-16 school year, and demonstrators held up signs bearing the names of Montclair’s different schools before the meeting came to order as a means of support for them. Continue Reading

Asst. to Superintendent Speaks Out Regarding Sudden Resignation

Monday, Feb 23, 2015 12:08pm  |  COMMENTS (16)

Asst. to Superintendent Speaks Out Regarding Sudden ResignationLast week, following news that Montclair’s superintendent had resigned, Matthew Frankel, asst. to the superintendent resigned two days later. Baristanet has asked Frankel to share what happened. Frankel provided the following statement by email Continue Reading

Sponsored: Give Your Kids the Best Summer Ever and Memories For a Lifetime at Willow Lake Day Camp

BY  |  Monday, Feb 23, 2015 11:00am

Willow Lake Day Camp

Willow Lake Day Camp is located on 35 breathtaking acres in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Our 250 mature, fun, nurturing and responsible staff ensures that children try new things, gain confidence and learn new skills.

Program & Special Events

Each day, campers participate in aquatics, athletics, adventure and art based activities. We have age appropriate fields, courts, pools as well as equipment for the campers so that campers receive high quality instruction with an emphasis on fun and participation.

As campers grow older, our program evolves with them; more choices, trips off camp, competitive sports leagues, full theatre productions, overnights at camp and more!

Mix in incredible special events like our Carnival, Willow’s Got Talent and Halloween in July (yes we go trick or treating) and every day is “the best day of the summer”.

Willow Lake Day Camp


We take hiring staff very seriously and we are the only camp in Essex, Morris or Sussex County where an owner/director hires and rehires each staff member. Our staff are warm, caring, fun and energetic.

Skilled specialists run each activity and our focus is on fun, safety and skill acquisition. Our staff make everything we do at camp exciting and our campers love to try new things, explore and follow the lead of our staff. Willow Lake staff are active participants all day, every day.

Willow Lake Day Camp


Our shaded facility has age appropriate courts, fields and activities for children ages 3-15. Four heated pools and two lakes are great for campers to cool off, learn to swim and enjoy boating, kayaking, fishing and tubing.

Our belief is that our campers and staff should enjoy a clean, safe, organized and modern facility, but camp should be, well, camp! We are often told that we are a day camp that should be a sleep-away camp and that our mix of modern amenities in a rustic setting offers our campers the best of both worlds.

Door-to-Door Transportation

We offer door-to-door, air-conditioned transportation. Each bus is driven by professional drivers and is fully equipped with seatbelts and radio/cell phone communication. Bus counselors are in charge of keeping the campers safe and entertained.

Willow Lake Day Camp


Willow Lake offers a healthy hot lunch program. In addition to a hot meal, an extensive salad bar, sandwiches, yogurt, bagels and fresh cut fruit are available everyday. We are able to accommodate special diets and none of our foods use any nut oils or products. Campers are given ice pops or an ice cream snack each day before leaving camp.

Watch our video and see why Willow Lake Day Camp is right for your family!



Montclair High School Dance Company Presents “The Best Way Out is Always Through”

BY  |  Monday, Feb 23, 2015 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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The Montclair High School Dance Company will take the stage for their annual Spring Dance Concert, on Friday, February 27 at 8 pm, Saturday, February 28 at 8 pm and Sunday, March 1 at 2 pm. This year, over 45 very passionate and talented dancers will share their art through dance of different genres and styles. Continue Reading

Baristanet 2015 Summer Day Camp Guide: Big Kids

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 3:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Do you have a Tween or Teen? Our 2015 Summer Day Camp Guide: BIG KIDS, for middle school and high school kids, lists many nearby camps under the following categories:


If you are looking for a sleepaway camp, check out our Sleepaway Camp Guide here.

We will continue to update. If you know of a great camp that’s not on our list, please send us an email.

The Baristanet Summer Day Camp Guide 2015 link will be listed on our sidebar so you will be able to check out our comprehensive list all year!

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